1. Gee Roberson: 'I Made a Hell of a Detour' on the Way to Managing Nicki Minaj

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT NICKI'S BRANDING BOSS This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 40 TITLE: Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITY: New York and Los Angeles…

  2. Adam Leber, Tech Visionary for Miley and Britney, Is 'Not an Ego Guy'

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT MEET BRITNEY AND MILEY'S TECH GURU This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 37 TITLE: Co-owner, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los…

  3. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT METALHEAD GOES POP This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED IN…

  4. Nick Brewer & Tink, 'Me & My Pen' (Remix): Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 17, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Months after the release of his EP, Four Miles Further (June 2014), Nick Brewer recruits Tink for the remix to "Me & My Pen." Check out an exclusive premiere of "Me & My Pen" here on The Juice: The Chicago rapper/singer comes midway to praise her creative tool,…

  5. Watch Fall Out Boy Play Gladiators in 'Centuries' Video… With Rick Ross

    October 17, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Fall Out Boy are the sort of band that clearly loves dressing up like gladiators, and their new hit “Centuries” gave them the perfect opportunity to do that. With Patrick Stump belting the battle cry “remember me for centuries!” and the band pummeling away as if it were trying to do…

  6. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to cast ballots because they meet the criteria of…

  7. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  8. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  9. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  10. Gimme Five: B1A4's Biggest Musical Inspirations

    October 16, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Earlier this month, U.S. fans got to see  B1A4  up close with their first set of headlining concerts in America. From the tour's kickoff in New York , the K-pop quintet saw their super-supportive stateside fanbase hollering for them whether they were belting, rapping or showcasing a…

  11. Watch Taylor Swift's '1989' Secret Sessions Behind The Scenes Video

    October 16, 2014 9:09 PM EDT Taylor Swift 's been making a buzz with her 1989 "secret sessions" fan-only listening parties, previewing her new album more than a month before it hits stores.  Taytay and her Swifties have revealed little about these events, still, other than that the fans were hand…

  12. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  13. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

  14. Ray Scott Talks Self-Titled Album, Brandy Clark & Tijuana Jail

    October 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Ray Scott has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. He tells Billboard that for him to be true to himself artistically, that's the way it has to be. "I have to do it that way. There's no need for me to even try to attempt to chase trends. I wouldn't do it anyway…

  15. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Explains This Year's Trip to 'The Christmas Attic'

    October 16, 2014 6:12 PM EDT External pressure is what inspired Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform its second holiday rock opera, 1998's The Christmas Attic , during its annual North American tour this year. "We never intended to do [1996's] Christmas Eve and Other Stories for 13 years in a row. It just…

  16. Taylor Swift's 'Riptide' Makes Waves on Social 50 & Twitter Charts

    October 16, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Beyonce and Lorde climb thanks to 'Flawless' and 'South Park,' respectively. Taylor Swift dominates the latest Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart, earning the top debut with her cover of Vance Joy 's "Riptide," a song from the singer/songwriter's…

  17. Bonnaroo 2015 Dates Are Here!

    October 16, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Mark your calendars, party people -- the dates for Bonnaroo 2015 are here. Bonnaroo announced Thursday (Oct. 16) that it will take place June 11-14, 2015, at Manchester, Tenn.'s Great Stage Park, its home since 2002. Beginning on a Thursday, the festival will again follow its typical…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Childish Gambino & More

    October 16, 2014 2:56 PM EDT Big week on the Must-Hear Music podcast! We tackle Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" -- her epic synth-pop anthem with Bleachers' Jack Antonoff -- as well as Fall Out Boy's hair metal-esque contribution to a Disney movie, Big Hero 6 . And it just gets weirder from…

  19. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Singer-Songwriter's Halsey's Gritty 'Hurricane' Video From Her Visual 'Room 93' EP

    October 16, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The singer Halsey's life changed suddenly earlier this year. She had been playing acoustic shows as a matter of necessity, to pay her bills, and she ended up in the studio one day with a friend of a friend to record one song, "Ghost." That track has been streamed more than…

  20. Stars Talk New Album 'No One Is Lost' + Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT The Montreal alt band returns with its wide array of pop, dance and rock, weaved together by its knack for infectious choruses and hopeful upbeat lyrics. 'Music is my religion,' says co-founder Torquil Campbell. 'I was raised in the church of art.' Stars' new album…

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